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Minneapolis has ordinances regarding dangerous animals. In Minnesota, an owner is responsible to pay compensation to a dog bite victim even if the animal was not previously considered dangerous under the Minneapolis ordinances. If the animal was considered dangerous, you may have a claim for punitive damages.

When someone is bitten in the city of Minneapolis, the dog’s owner (or person boarding the animal) is liable under Minnesota law. This means that the owner must compensate the person bitten for medical expenses, scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. If someone dies as a result of an attack in Minneapolis, the next of kin have a wrongful death claim.

If you want a free consultation, please call 612-338-0202 or use our free consultation form. Brendan can help you sue for bite and attack scars, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and emotional distress. If your child has died in an attack, he can help you get justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Dangerous and Potentially Dangerous Dogs

The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances defines “dangerous animal” and “potentially dangerous animal” as follows:

64.110. Dangerous and potentially dangerous animals. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control may deem any animal as a dangerous animal or a potentially dangerous animal subject to the requirements under this Code and under Minnesota State Statute 347.50 subdivision (2), Dangerous Dogs and Minnesota State Statute 347.50 subdivision (3) Potentially Dangerous Dogs.
(a)   Definitions.
(1)   Dangerous animal.  “Dangerous animal” means any animal that:

a.   Without provocation, inflicts substantial bodily harm on a human being on public or private property;
b.   Kills a domestic animal without provocation while off the owner or custodian’s property;
c.   Has been found to be potentially dangerous, and after the owner or custodian has notice that the animal is potentially dangerous, the animal aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals.

(2)   Potentially dangerous animal.  “Potentially dangerous animal” means any animal that:

a.   When unprovoked inflicts bites on a human or domestic animal on public or private property;
b.   When unprovoked, chases or approaches a person, including a person on a bicycle, upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public or private property, other than the animal owner or custodian’s property, in an apparent attitude of attack;
c.   Has a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, causing injury or otherwise threatening the safety of humans or domestic animals.

If an animal was deemed dangerous under this law prior to your attack, you may have a claim for punitive damages (an amount in excess of your primary compensation).

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See also: St Paul, MN Dog Bite Attorney